One of my favorite things about frugal living is entertaining. People tend to think that entertaining is expensive, but if you plan ahead, it’s always cheaper to entertain in your home than it is to go out. Imagine pairing this great dinner with three decent but cheap bottles of wine ($24.00), that puts your total cost for an evening in at $40.57- or a cost of $6.76 per person. When was the last time you had dinner and drinks out for that little?
Never? I thought so.
1 Chicken (5-6 lbs.) ($7.45)
6 Apples, I used honey crisp-but anything sweet will do ($2.40)
1 bunch Celery ($0.50)
3 lbs. Carrots ($1.47)
20 cloves of garlic ($1.50)
2 Tbsp. Maple Syrup ($0.20)
1 tsp. salt ($0.03)
2 Tbsp. Olive Oil, and 1 tsp. Olive Oil ($0.25)
1/2 Tbsp. Coriander ($0.03)
2 cups Couscous ($2.74)
Step by Step-
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Peel carrots, apples, and garlic.
3. Roughly chop carrots, apples, garlic, and celery.
4. In dutch oven, saute carrots, apples, garlic, and celery in 2 Tbsp. Olive Oil for about 10 minutes, mixing entire time.
5. Put whole chicken in second oven safe pan. cover chicken with as much of the carrot apple mixture as will fit, and some of the juice as ell. Now pour 2 Tbsp. Maple Syrup over chicken evenly. Sprinkle Salt over chicken too.
6. Now bake Chicken as well as any remainder vegetables in the dutch oven.
7. Bake for 90 minutes, baste chicken once during this time.
8. Turn oven up to 400 degrees, bake for an additional 40 minutes.
9. While Chicken and vegetables are finishing, make Couscous.
10. Cook 2 cups of Couscous according to directions (I cook mine in olive oil and sea salt).
Look at that gorgeous skin! The vegetables get a crispy little skin and burst with flavor as you eat them. You could even make this for Thanksgiving, if you don’t have a large crowd there’s really no need to buy a turkey.